After the frightening, emotionally-intense sobfest that was Toy Story 3 - "dear lord, not the incinerator..." - it's nice that Woody and the gang get a "Hawaiian Vacation." Hopefully it won't end in Mr. Potato Head getting buried at sea or something.

Below are pictures from the first Pixar short in a series that'll follow Buzz, Woody, the little alien guys, uh... the new characters... the whole gang on what looks like a pretend island vacation, while their asshole human guardians get to do the real thing. Here's what director Gary Rydstrom (who also helmed Pixar's "Lifted" short) has to say about the series:
"Woody becomes kind of like what’s-his-name on “Love Boat”...Captain Stubing!”

You know, all these years I've always associated Woody with a post-"Mary Tyler Moore Show" Gavin MacLeod. Now I finally know I'm not alone.
“As toys who get played with all the time, they have a pretty good imagination, when it’s time for a little playacting, they’re good at it.”

Will their pretend island vacation be anything like Charlie Sheen's porn star filled real one? Only one way to find out: the first short will open in front of Cars 2 on Jun 24, and you can catch the second installment ahead of the way cooler Disney film The Muppets this December. (The Playlist, Photos From Entertainment Weekly)

"I'm pretending to be a fish, you guys. I'm totes imaginative."

They didn't used to be sad all the time.